Vitali Klitschko Looks Dreadful, Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IMay 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Vitali Klitschko takes a break while training at the Pound4Pound gym on September 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
Jacob de Golish/Getty Images

After a flashy ring entrance that included a large bell, fireworks, a video, and flames it was time for Vitali Klitschko-Albert Sosnowski.

The height difference was immediately evident and Sosnowski looked tiny.

Neither fighter did much in the first round. To the credit of Sosnowski he came out and was aggressive. He clearly was there to win.

Klitschko got settled in the second round and started to pump his jab. Sosnowski kept coming forward but didn’t get much going.

Sosnowski was fighting with a lot of confidence, unlike most Klitschko opponents. He landed some good shots in round three but nothing damaging. It was actually a fairly close fight through three rounds.

By the end of the third round Sosnowski showed some redness under his eyes. The fourth round was much of the same. Neither fighter up to this point landed anything big.

At this point you could tell Klitschko is nearing the end. He wasn’t being very aggressive and was landing but had no power behind anything.

The fifth was more of the same. Klitschko was landing heavier shots, nothing big though, and had Sonowski bleeding from the nose. He landed a powerful left hand which backed up Sosnowski. It was up to that point his best punch of the fight.

Klitschko landed a big right-left combination in the sixth with about 1:50 left in the round that wobbled Sosnowski. He was dominating at this point but Sosnowski wasn’t giving up.

Sosnowski tried to land some solid shots in round seven but just wasn’t good enough. Klitschko was in complete control and was landing heavier punches every round.

Sosnowski was getting through at times but was clearly not wining the fight. He was acquitting himself very well and proving many doubters wrong.

After the eighth round open scoring showed Klitschko was ahead. Sosnowski was tiring and rocked at the end of round nine.

A right hand to the temple was the punch that hurt Sosnowski. He followed it up with a solid right-left combination.

Klitschko finally ended matters in the round 10 with a massive overhand right hand that crumpled Sosnowski in the corner. Sosnowski was very game but wasn’t in Klitschko’s league.

As far as Klitschko going forward I suggest he retires. He looked slower and clumsier than usual. He was also getting hit more cleanly than I have ever seen.

I am a staunch Klitschko supporter but this fight was dreadfully boring. He fought down to the level of Sosnowski and let him stay upright way to long.

If Haye saw this he had to be salivating. This version of Vitali would get eaten up by Haye.

Vitali Klitschko retains his WBC heavyweight title for the fourth time with a knockout in round 10.

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